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    The Mayo Clinic recently released the results of a 45-year study that basically found that women are fatter these days because we spend more time watching TV and browsing websites and less time cleaning our houses, cooking, folding laundry, and chasing after our kids.

    Naturally, some women are totally annoyed by this conclusion and believe this kind of thinking belongs back in the '50s. It leaves out a host of other reasons why obesity is more prevalent these days. A rise in two-income families means less time spent cooking healthy meals simply because the time isn't always there is just one of many examples.  

    But the study shouldn't be thrown out the window, either. As a former working mom who now works from home, I can assure you: house and mommy duties keep you active and in good shape.

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    If chocolate, caffeine, and a heating pad are your best friends for several days every month, you are NOT alone. Nasty PMS and period symptoms -- from splitting headaches to unbearable cramps to occasionally having an inexplicably emotional reaction to something super-benign -- all too often get the best of all of us!

    Thankfully, when it comes to contending with that time of the month, you don't have to rely on over-the-counter pills that may or may not actually help or go it alone. You can lean on one or several of these 8 awesome, all-natural menstrual symptom cures (you know, besides chocolate!).

    Check 'em out ...

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    Remember ‘Fitness Mom’ Maria Kang, who landed in hot water recently for posting a picture of her toned self along with her three young children and the caption, “What’s your excuse?”

    She’s back, and this time she claims she was blocked from Facebook for ranting about a campaign for plus-sized women launched by Curvy Girl Lingerie.

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    Eat less and exercise more. Never has such a simple-seeming little credo been so hard to put into practice in our daily lives. I remember times when I was so desperate to change the way my body looked that if someone had uttered those words to me, I might have full-on decked them. They would have deserved it.

    As simple as those words are, the concept they are summarizing is much more complex. Sure, eating less (or at least more of the right sorts of foods) and exercising will change your body and make you feel better. But in order to do those things, you've got to make an entire change to your lifestyle, and that ain't easy.

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    It’s so easy to fall into unhealthy habits, and the most insidious thing is that you’re usually being unhealthier than you think you are. Take muffins and cupcakes, for example: You might choose the “healthier” muffin over a cupcake, but a lot of times, cupcakes end up having less sugar and fat than their non-frosted cousins.

    It’s important to know what you’re putting into your body, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. A new study from the New York University School of Medicine shows there’s something you’re ignoring that could be making you fat.

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    You know how when really thin, pretty women say they were such awkward adolescents, and you want to roll your eyes because you think to yourself, Wow, I’m sure that pimple you had once in eighth grade was really rough on you? I guess maybe for the uber beautiful, a pimple when they were 14 did seem really awkward.

    Which is why it’s refreshing to hear a model say she was chubby in middle school, and then see a picture of her being chubby in middle school. Supermodel Heidi Albertsen not only struggled with extra weight during her awkward years, she suffered from eczema too.

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    In a culture that is constantly beating into our brains that weight loss equals happiness, it's no surprise that some women end up going to worrying extremes to drop a few pounds. Teen Mom 3 star Briana Dejesus, who revealed on Twitter a couple of days ago that in addition to the Insanity workout program, she's doing a seriously strict cleanse for 10 days to drop the rest of her baby weight, tweeted: "Master cleanse diet! Won't be eating any solid food for 10 days pray for me!"

    Hmm ... is it just me or is any diet that completely shuns solid food and would even make you think to say "pray for me" probably a BAD IDEA?

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    I remember exactly when I started worrying about my physical appearance. After many years of ballet dancing five to six hours a day, I stopped pretty abruptly at 16 and went off to college. Between delayed puberty's arrival, the lack of exercise, and the college cafeteria, I gained 15 pounds.

    Suddenly my clothes didn't fit.

    And that's what started a spiral of weird eating rituals and routines, from dramatic calorie cutting to vegan and macrobiotic diets, all to get me back to the weight I thought I should be.

    If only I could press rewind.

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    Are you one of those people that are convinced that you have to rule out certain foods completely if you want to shed weight? Well, maybe it's time to rethink that strategy. According to data from a British weight loss community, of the people who lost 10 percent of their body weight using the online tool, 91 percent of them continued to eat chocolate as part of their diet. Chocolate. As in the thing you probably think is a HELL NO when it comes to weight loss.

    This makes me ecstatic because I'm a questionable chocoholic. But just wait, it gets even better. Turns out, it's not JUST chocolate that dieters can keep eating. In fact, there's scientific proof that if someone who's looking to shed pounds completely cuts something out of their diet, they're more likely to overeat it when they do encounter it. Yes, eliminating foods entirely is a bad idea.

    Translation: If you want to lose weight, reach for the chips, cookies, and peanut butter cups. Well -- in moderation, of course.

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    What’s the best diet to lose weight? What if I were to tell you the diet that will guarantee you weight loss quickly, with no exercise required, involves only beer and chocolate? Would you believe me? Probably not.

    Well, guess what? If you’re just eating and drinking beer and chocolate but your total calorie consumption is less than your body requires, then you are going to lose weight. Is it healthy for your body? No way! But you already knew that. Whenever you cut out major food groups, you know you’re missing out on vital, health-giving nutrients.

    So if everyone already knows that following a restrictive diet in which major food groups are totally off limits is a bad idea, then why are diets like Paleo and Atkins so popular? After all, they require you to cut out certain foods completely or have restrictive rules to follow. I have a few theories:

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